From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
Kogi state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. David Apeh has reiterated state government’s commitment towards creating conducive environment for both public and private investors in the state.
David Apeh gave the assurance during the stakeholders meeting with the state ministry of Agriculture, Oil Palm Plantation Development Advocacy Network (OPPDAN) and other partnering agencies.
He pointed out that there is no going back in strengthening the relationship with the OPPDAN over the ongoing Oli Palm project introduced to better the welfare of civil servant in the state after retirement.
He disclosed that one of the key mandates of the state government is to ensure food security, create employment through agriculture and be a major exporter of food produce across the shores of the country.
Apeh who reiterated that the project would address the fear of civil servant after retirement, however, advised civil servants in the state to key into the programme, as a gate way to happy retirement package.
Mr Apeh thanked Mellelle Farms Nigeria limited and other partnering agencies for their contributions towards the success of the project.
Earlier, the President of the OPPDAN in the state, Mr. Idokwo Joseph disclosed that the OPPDAN project is an Agric Business Alternative Retirement Investment Scheme (ABARIS) with a provision of 10,000 hectares land made available for civil servants in the state to embark on Oil Palm business.
He further thanked the state government under the leadership of His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello for the enabling environment and the state ministry of agriculture for her support for the project.